Saturday 25th September 2021 | Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round
Words by Bob Taylor | Images by Melv Chudley
It was a trip across the Pennines for Brigg’s FA Vase Second Qualifying Round game against North West Counties Premier Division team Prestwich Heys. The team performed reasonably well during the first half, going into the half-time break a goal down but then they were completely outplayed throughout the second period as the home team piled on the pressure.
Brigg made an opening attack down the left wing but goalkeeper Ryan Livesey was quick off his line to clear the ball from his area. When Heys responded, Danny White delivered a telling pass across the face of the goal before David Birch cleared. Scott Cullen found space in mid-field for Heys to advance forward before shooting wide of the Brigg goal upright. Ryan Livesey stayed busy and alert to block shots from Dayle Hutson, Alfie Usher and Scott Phillips. After fifteen minutes, the home side’s central defender was injured and substituted by Nathan Emery, who went on to have an influential game. Krisel Prifti began to get further forward down the right-wing and won a corner kick in the nineteenth minute. When this was played across the Brigg goal area, Joe Rothwell’s strike at goal took a deflection into the back of the net to open the scoring.
Brigg recovered well and continued to press with Alfie Usher and Dayle Hutson prominent but Krisel Prifti continued to be a main threat for the hosts by getting forward down the right-wing and combining well with Danny White. An equalising goal came deservedly for Brigg after forty three minutes when the ball was played into the penalty area and Martin Pembleton found Dayle Hutson turning neatly to find the top of the net from a short distance out. The scoreline wasn’t equal for long because in the last action of the half, Kris Prifti again worked his way down the right-wing and beyond the defenders before chipping the ball across the face of David Birch’s goal for Jack Coop to simply head it into the back of the net.
The second half started brightly for Brigg with Chas Fisher advancing down the right-wing and getting the ball into the goal area but it skimmed off the crossbar before being cleared. Unfortunately, that was soon followed by another goal scored at the other end of the pitch coming after fifty three minutes from a free kick. Louis Potts chipped the ball into the top corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area..
Full of confidence with a two-goal cushion, the hosts completely dominated the rest of the game. Jack Coop scored a hat-trick of goals inside twenty minutes from the hour onwards, taking his personal tally to four goals scored in the match. Poor defensive covering gave him the opportunity to try his luck from any distance and he was well rewarded for his insight. With a five-goal lead secured by the hosts, – giving them a six goals to one lead, – Dayle Hutson scored a consolation second goal for Brigg five minutes from the end of the scheduled ninety minutes. It came from a neat move down the left wing but Prestwich were not finished with their own scoring and substitute Lee Grimshaw completed a highly successful day for them with a final goal in the eighty-seventh minute following another defence-splitting long ball passed down the middle of the pitch beyond retreating defenders.
The team has to put this defeat behind them but hopefully with lessons learned. It’s a return to League priorities on Tuesday evening with a difficult trip to Rossington Main, a club that is enjoying a successful season to date.